We calculate the interaction energy between spherical macroparticles immersed in a cholesteric liquid crystal due to the elastic deformation of the director field. We assume weak anchoring on the surface of the macroparticles and obtain the expression of the interaction energy that is valid for particle radius and interparticle distance sufficiently smaller than the cholesteric pitch. The resultant form of the interaction energy is more complex than that in a nematic liquid crystal. One of the characteristics is its dependence on the particle position as well as the interparticle distance, which arises from the intrinsic structure of a cholesteric liquid crystal, i.e., the absence of translational symmetry due to helical periodicity and local nematic ordering whose orientation depends on the position.
|Journal||Physical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics